As a student, Steve found his passion for type among Rochester Institute of Technology’s collections of metal type, type-casting equipment and printing presses.
“My goal in designing typefaces is to provide a new tool that solves a specific need, whether it be for a new technology or to reinforce a unique brand voice. My designs are rooted in traditional principles of legibility and form with care to stay within a client's brief and specification.
When a new design is being matched to a new technology, I try to ensure that the interpretation retains as much of the spirit of the letterforms as possible while providing the best possible reading experience.”
Steve’s Work Surrounds Us
Steve Matteson designed the Droid font family for use in the Android™ platform. The Droid Sans, Droid Serif and Droid Mono fonts were created primarily for use in mobile phones. Wired.com reported that “The early consensus is that designers are ga-ga over Droid” and Gizmodo said the “System Fonts for Android Look Clean and Google-y”.
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